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    COVID-19 impact on diving

    One month ago my kid got coronavirus at school and so all my family got it. My kid had fever for 1 day and after that he seemed ok, wife was feeling strong virus symptoms (headache, temperature, etc.) for 3-4 days and I was sick for appr. 2 weeks (had 39.5C temperature for approximately 7-8...
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    On-line trainings

    Nowadays almost all countries are under lockdown and diving is not possible. Wanted to ask you what on-line training you are doing, watching diving webinars, reading diving manuals / books. I am currently doing on-line BSAC Dive Leader theory training and listening other BSAC webinars. This is...
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    PADI Beyond Master Scuba Diver

    I just found out that one dive center is offering PADI Beyond Master Scuba Diver program. You can achieve 5 stars according to this program. This is extract from their website: "As a PADI Master Scuba Diver, you are recognized for having earned all of the core certifications in the PADI...
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    New dry suit and diving in UK

    I did quite a lot of trainings with PADI and TDI. After moving to Edinburgh I wanted to dive here as well. However, I was a bit afraid of cold water as it did not know how my bold head will react to really cold water :) So, I decided to try diving with drysuit first. I enrolled into PADI Dry...
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    Buying drysuit in UK

    Few months ago I moved in Edinburgh, UK. Here water is a bit chilly and drysuit is required for diving. Next week I will be taking drysuit course in order to learn drysuit diving skills. Accordingly, I started looking for drysuit. My preference would be trilaminate suit. There are many different...
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    Joining BSAC in Edinburgh

    Few months ago I moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, and I am interested in joining active BSAC club. Shortly about myself: I am PADI Master Scuba Diver. Also, have TDI Sidemount, AN/DP, Helitrox certifications. All my dives were in warm water (Philippines, Thailand, Egypt). I want to join local...
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    TecRec Full Cave course

    Few days ago I was browsing Facebook and encountered PADI's post where one person boasted that he completed TecRec Intro to cave and Full cave courses. I was extremely surprised as I did not see in PADI nor TecRec curriculum such courses..... only PADI Cavern specialty, which is a part of...
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    Path to tech diving

    I started to dive one year ago and immediately was hooked on diving. I read a lot, did many recreational diving courses, tried to dive as much as possible. It was not easy as I am currently residing in land locked Mongolia. Despite that, I was able to dive in Boracay, Koh Tao, Puerto Galera, Red...
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    Smoking and diving

    Today i saw that my favorite dive center (i was diving with them and got few certifications) posted photos in Facebook where in one photo almost all divers (including instructor) are smoking. I was really pissed about that. Smoking and diving do not go together. I was surprised that diving...
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    End of recreational path.... technical path ahead

    I started to dive in November 2017 and wanted to share with you my training path. Maybe it will be interesting to other recreational divers. I got PADI OW certificate in Boracay, Philippines. Me and my wife are very grateful to our instructor who paid a lot of attention during our courses, run...
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    Ice diving

    I am quite intrigued to try Ice diving and getting PADI Ice diving specialty. Wanted to ask ice divers whether you still feel icy cold when diving with proper undergarment and dry suits? Also, is it worth to try it? Currently I reside in Mongolia and there is one diving resort there (near very...
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    Cave diving popularity

    Thanks to all dedicated divers and supporting personnel all Thai boys and trainer were successfully rescued. During the last few days many people saw on the news and read in mass media about cave and perils related to cave diving. Do you think that cave diving will become more popular after...
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    FAKE NEWS!!--PADI to be sold once again

    I just found interesting article that private equity fund want to sell PADI. It seems that this might drive PADI prices once again. It is a pity when good organization becomes money greedy monster and tries to squeeze customers without giving them additional value. Is Aqua Lung buying PADI...
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    Scubapro Mako Titanium knife

    I bought new Scubapro Mako Titanium knife and wanted to give you my short impressions about it: 1) I have Scubapro Hydros Pro BCD and there is an option to install Scubapro knife on weight pocket. Unfortunately in order to install knife you need to additionally buy special plate. Also, you need...
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    Mares EOS 20RZ

    When I was doing training night dives in Koh Tao, Thailand, I had a small torch provided by dive school. At night you could barely see small spot of the bottom or reefs when using that torch. This June me and my wife decided to go to liveabord in Red Sea where it will be possible to dive during...
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    Liveaboard impressions

    Last week me and my wife had our first liveaboard in Red Sea and I would like to share with you my impressions and conclusions that I draw after it. Before I start, let me shortly give a summary about my diving experience. Me and my wife started to dive in December 2017 when we got PADI OWD...
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    Buying new BCD - advice appreciated

    I am quite new diver (have less than 30 dives). I was pretty busy in various trainings in order to get knowledge how to properly dive in various situation and got few PADI certifications. Now I am planning to go to Egypt for liveaboard and want to buy BCD. I read quite a lot about various BCS...
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    Pressure in tank

    All my dives were with AL80 tanks. During various dives I noticed that initial pressure of tank really varies from 180 bar to 210 bar and wanted to ask you what is maximum bar such tanks could hold and what psi I should expect when I receive freshly filled in tank. Somehow I thought that dive...
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    Cressi Newton

    Recently me and my wife bought Cressi Newton diving computers. When I was looking at various reviews I could not find a lot of information about this diving computer. Accordingly, I wanted to share my personal experience with it. After one week in Thailand and 20 dives my impression about this...
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    Diving in Thailand

    Me and my wife just returned from our diving trip in Koh Tao, Thailand, and wanted to share our impressions. Both of us are beginner divers (received PADI OWD certifications in November 2017). We planned a trip to Thailand in order to get much more experience in diving as well as some...
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